The Baltimore Ravens 53 man roster has never been this hard. Here’s an honest try at it, based on what we have seen in three preseason games:
Making the Ravens 53 man roster wasn’t easy this year. Honestly, it’s decisions like this that make a strong case for larger NFL rosters. The biggest problem with constructing this roster is that there are some jobs that are still very much up for grabs. The wide receiver position was probably the hardest position to come to a decision. On one hand, nobody outside of the top four is really standing out from the crowd. On the other hand you have two 2018 NFL Draft picks vying for a roster spot that would be tough to keep on the practice squad.
The Jimmy Smith suspension made things a little easier in the secondary. It gave the Ravens the ability to stash an extra player on the 53 man roster for four weeks. The Ravens would much rather have their All-Pro cornerback on the field but their depth softens the blow of his suspension. This is the deepest the Ravens have ever been in the secondary.
There were a lot of tough decisions to be made. Should the team keep three quarterbacks? Should the Ravens keep three or four tight ends? How many defensive linemen can we stuff on this roster? These were some of the questions swirling around the decision making table. This projection isn’t a promise. There are too many ways this can go. This projection is just an evaluation based on what we have seen.